Whether you’re exploring your own cultural heritage or curious about a country long banned from your itinerary, now is the time to see Cuba.
Travel to Cuba is heating up now that President Obama has announced sweeping changes to US-Cuba relations and reduced travel restrictions are making it easier than ever for curious Americans to explore Cuba.
Visit World Heritage sites such as Trinidad, a one-of-kind perfectly preserved Spanish colonial settlement. Or meet jazz musicians, tour a cigar factory, see the Havana Art Biennial (which starts May 2015). You will find golf resorts (banned during Fidel Castro’s leadership), airport renovations, and the revamped Mariel port has added space for luxury yachts. Cruising is a major draw, with 200 ships expected to drop anchor during the 2014–2015 winter season. Explore the Canarreos Archipelago by catamaran.
When it comes to food, try dining at a paladar—a restaurant operated out of a family’s home. Or if you’re looking for more upscale fare, Basque chef Andoni Luis Aduriz and Mexico’s Enrique Olvera just announced plans to partner on a gastronomic hot spot in Havana. Tour groups like Insight Cuba, Smithsonian Journeys, and Central Holidays operate under the “people-to-people” license focused on education and cultural exchange.